Over the course of each year, I blacklist a considerable number of individual IP addresses. Every day, Perishable Press is hit with countless numbers of spammers, scrapers, crackers and all sorts of other hapless turds. Weekly examinations of my site’s error logs enable me to filter through the chaff and cherry-pick only the most heinous, nefarious attackers for blacklisting. Minor offenses are generally dismissed, but the evil bastards that insist on wasting resources running redundant automated scripts are immediately investigated via IP lookup and denied access via simple htaccess directive:
<Limit GET POST PUT> Order Allow,Deny Allow from all Deny from 123.456.789 </LIMIT>
Although many of the worst attacks happen in randomized, zombie-like fashion, I have found that individual IPs that are not blacklisted will return repeatedly until finally blocked. Yet, despite the short-term success enjoyed by denying access to the most malicious IPs, the long-term futility of such blacklisting reflects the temporary nature of this solution.
In other words, I have found that blocking individual IPs is useful only for limited periods of time. Thus, every year, I gather my code and flush the blacklist of all individually blocked IP addresses. I then start fresh, adding the worst villains to the list, blocking entire IP ranges if necessary, and referring to previous versions of my htaccess files to cross-check suspiciously familiar entities. Eventually, a new blacklist emerges and I share it at Perishable Press. Here is the current version for 2010..
2010 IP Blacklist, Featuring over 100 Blocked IPs
Here is my custom-built IP blacklist for 2010:
# 2010 IP BLACKLIST <Limit GET POST PUT> Order Allow,Deny Allow from all Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 82.166.163. Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 65.208.151. Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 65.55.106. Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 65.55.207. Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 194.8.75. Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 208.99 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 Deny from 126.96.36.199 Deny from 188.8.131.52 Deny from 184.108.40.206 Deny from 220.127.116.11 Deny from 18.104.22.168 Deny from 22.214.171.124 </Limit>
I use this blacklist on all of my sites, which are mostly WordPress, Joomla, and hand-rolled. Just pop it into the root
htaccess file and done. These are some of the worst offenders, so it’s nice knowing that they’re denied access.
How to get on next year’s list
Be a lowlife scumbag who gets off on malicious activity. If you suck enough, you’re going to get caught and appear on a list somewhere. Makes it easy to build effective IP blacklists. But remember that things change quickly, so you should refresh your ban lists as they become available. If you are using my 2007 IP Blacklist, I recommend replacing it with this one.
I’m listening, go a little deeper..
This blacklist was built over the past couple of years. Each week I review and analyze my log files, looking for patterns, noting behavior, checking data, etc. Most of the time attacks are executed simultaneously from multiple unique IPs. It’s futile to chase these “zombie” IPs around, but there are plenty of autonomous machines acting stupid to make IP blocking worthwhile.
Why so bad?
Because these IPs were associated with some seriously messed up behavior. Scanning through thousands of error logs, you see a lot of nasty stuff. Most of it seems very deliberate, hit or miss kind of activity. Other requests are just plain evil. Then there are the relentless “DoS”-like attacks. But in every crop of logs, there are those nefarious IPs that are both relentless and evil.
I’m sold. Wrap it up with an example
For example, one IP in the blacklist was recorded on July 22nd, 2009, as hitting my server 4783 times with all sorts of evil scripted payload. Most of the malicious requests are now blocked in the upcoming 5G Blacklist, but the IP address was consistent throughout the attack, so we block it as well. That’s the kind of stuff we’re blocking with the 2010 IP Blacklist.
Plaintxt for EZ Updates
Update 2010/07/06: You can get the IP blacklist as a plain-text file here:
The text file contains the IP addresses only, each on its own line. I will keep this file updated with fresh data as it becomes available. I will also post some of my other blacklists in plaintxt format and keep those updated as well. Any of these files may be used in your own security/blacklist scripts as a source of data. It’s nice to automate this kind of stuff, but you still want to keep an eye on my feed for news of updates.
Thanks to Eric Marden for the “plaintxt” suggestion!